This blog is based on references in the Bible to fear. God wills that we “BE NOT AFRAID”. Many theologians state that the eighth deadly sin is fear. It is fear and its natural animal reaction to fight or flight that is the root cause of our failings to create a Kingdom of God on earth. By “the power of the Holy Spirit” we can be witnesses and “communicators” of a new and redeemed humanity “even to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:7 8). This blog is dedicated to Mary the Mother of God.
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Wednesday, Septermber 11, 2019
1 Maccabees, Chapter
10, Verse 8
They were struck with
fear when they heard that the king
had given him authority to gather an army.
in this verse were the Hellenized Jews who were losing their power which came
from supporting Greece (King Demetrius). At once they were afraid for their
lives realizing that their power over Jonathan was gone, they decided to leave
Jerusalem. Along comes Alexander Balas who claims to be the son of Antiochus
and the rightful king, he has the backing of Rome. Jonathan plays these two
opponents against each other to make Jerusalem great again. Jonathan then
accepts from Alexander permission to become high priest which he accepts. There
is just one problem; he is not a Levi, only Levis can be priests. Here is high
Patriot Day is a day the US remembers the terrorist attacks on
September 11, 2001. This day is commonly referred to as 9-11
(Nine-Eleven). It is believed that 2,977 people died in the attacks.
President George W. Bush proclaimed September 11th Patriot Day in 2002.
Day (Sept 11) Facts
September 11th, US Flags should be flown at half-mast - both on US soil and
moment of silence is held at 8:46 a.m. (EST) across the nation - commemorating
the time the first plane struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center on
September 11, 2001.
National September 11 Memorial and Museum takes up over half of the destroyed
World Trade Center site. It contains bronze parapets inscribed with the names
of those killed on September 11, 2001 and those killed in the 1993 World Trade
up Ground Zero, as the World Trade Center was renamed, took 18 months and 19
days, and was completed in May of 2002.
Twin Towers of the World Trade Center were once the tallest buildings in the
world and contained enough concrete to build a sidewalk from New York City to
Events and Things to Do
the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York City.
a moment of silence.
a 9/11 Memorial Service.
with a group of children your memories of 9/11 and how the events of the day
forever changed America.
support for local police and firemen as a way to honor the emergency personnel
who gave their lives on 9/11.
on that day climbed 2200 steps in the stairs of the towers to save lives;
perhaps today would be a good day to climb 2200 stair steps and donate one cent
for each step ($22.00) to a 911 fund that supports the widows and orphans.
This year marks the 101th anniversary of the miracle of the sun
at Fatima in 1917. Mary asks that in order for us to be happy in this life and
the next that we follow her example of prayer, sacrifice and devotion to her
son Christ by making a total consecration to her immaculate heart. This
consecration takes 33 days of prayer and reflection. As it is exactly 33 days
from 9/11 to 10/13 I propose we make a gift of ourselves to Christ through Mary
in preparation of the 101th anniversary of the miracle of the sun.
St. Louis de Montfort
(1673 – 1716) had a profound devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and wrote extensively on the
virtues of Our Lady, what true devotion to her consists in, and how the
faithful need to turn to her as the way to her Son, Jesus Christ. In his
classic writings (The Secret of Mary, The Secret of the Rosary, and True Devotion to Mary) he recommends that the faithful
formally consecrate themselves to the Blessed Mother. For this end he developed
a specific 33-day program consisting of various prayers and readings to help
the faithful detach themselves from the world and bond themselves more closely
with Christ through the example and intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
St. Louis de Montfort stands in a long tradition of saints completely devoted
to Our Lady, and his work has been influential in the lives of many other
saints, notable among them is Pope St. John Paul II who took his papal motto,
"Totus Tuus" (Totally Yours) from de Montfort. This "Total
Consecration of Jesus through Mary" consists of an intial 12-day
preparation followed by a period of three consecutive weeks, each week focusing
on a different theme. It is recommended that the consecration be done on a
major feast day of Our Lady, meaning that the preparation would begin 33 days
prior. That is, after the 33-day program is completed, the Act of Consecration
is made on a Marian feast day. Once you make the consecration, it is for life.
It can then be renewed annually. Keep in mind that this is a formal
consecration to Our Lady, not unlike a vow, that is to be done in a solemn
manner. Through this 33-day program you are giving Mary all of yourself -
heart, mind, and soul - in order to bring you to her Son, Jesus Christ. Also,
that she may use you as a holy instrument in her battle with Satan - i.e. this
consecration allows her the free reign in your life to make you holy (as she
assists you, through the Holy Spirit, to conform to her virtues) and to use
your prayers, sacrifices, and sufferings for the greater glory of God.
“The Immaculata alone has from God the
promise of victory over Satan. She seeks souls that will consecrate themselves
entirely to her, that will become in her hands forceful instruments for the
defeat of Satan and the spread of God's kingdom."
Chapter 26, Verse 5-7 5They have known about
me from the start, if they are willing to testify, that I have lived my life as
a Pharisee, the strictest party of our religion. 6But now I am standing
trial because of my hope in the
promise made by God to our ancestors. 7 Our twelve tribes hope to attain to that promise as they
fervently worship God day and night; and on account of this hope I am accused by Jews, O king. Paul clearly explains that his entire life was in
preparation for the hope of Israel, Christ Jesus, who Israel did not recognize
as the son of God. Paul states that the prophets and Moses had foretold that
the Christ would suffer, and as first to be raised from the dead, he would
proclaim light to both God’s people and the Gentiles. The resurrection is God’s
promise to Israel. Paul like Christ ultimately was a victim of intolerance. Twenty Fifth Sunday after Pentecost GOSPEL Matthew 13: 24 – 30 At that time
Jesus spoke this parable…
The Bible for some is stuffy, overblown, and boring.
So and so, son of so and so did such and such a thing to this ruler and then X,
Y, and Z happened. (Snore.) Well, that may be a Dull Fest, but Psalms
will set the record straight. Think fire and brimstone, giant sea monsters,
cannibals, and even drunks. Yeah, ancient poetry is juicy. Psalms is one of the
longest books of the Bible, but that's because it's actually a collection of
150 poems about life back in the day. We're talking Real Housewives of the Negev. The
Bible mostly comprises stories, prophecies, and laws, but Psalms brings the
poetic punch. Most of the Psalms are attributed to David, the Israelites'
greatest and most famous king. Turns out King David was a poet too—yeah, he did
know it. The Psalms are all written in Hebrew, and have been jazzed up, classed
up, and mistranslated ever since they were written starting 3,000 years ago.
Part of Psalms' appeal is its poetry. If Levi…
Deuteronomy, Chapter 18, Verse 21-22 21 Should you say
to yourselves, “How can we recognize that a word is one the LORD has not
spoken?”, 22 if a prophet
speaks in the name of the LORD but the word does not come true, it is a word
the LORD did not speak. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously; do not fear him. Even saints at times may have spoken presumptuously.
Let us meditate on the words of Padre Pio, “Love
and fear must go united together, fear without love becomes cowardice. Love
without fear becomes presumption. When there is love without fear, love runs without
prudence and without restraint, without taking care where it is going.” This is the great
beauty of the Holy Spirit for it tells us when even a very holy person speaks
not every word they speak comes from God. We error sometimes in this way, making
men into gods; but a heart that is filled with the spirit of God is filled with
quiet joy and even if the person were to be imprisoned, they can find true
1 Samuel, Chapter
28, Verse 20Immediately Saul fell full length on the ground, in great fear because of Samuel’s message. He had
no strength left, since he had eaten nothing all that day and night. Christ is the strength of the weak and the humble and
the confidence of those who trust in him. Christ says to us, “My sheep hear my voice,
says the Lord; I know them, and they follow me. (Jn. 10:27) Saul was in
great fear because the spirit of God had long ago left him, and he no longer
heard the voice of God. In desperation now that Samuel had died was to have the
witch of Endor act as a medium to conjure up the spirit of Samuel to help save
him from the Philistines. Saul broke his own laws by seeking the aid of a
sorcerer. The Israelites were a Holy people and Saul could not understand the Ends never justify the means. No, we
must be calm and listen to the voice of he that was the epitome of fairness and
justice that took upon Himself our sins to the cross and thus be…
feast of saint anthony, abbot Sirach,
Chapter 22, Verse 16A wooden beam firmly bonded into a building is not loosened by an
earthquake; So the mind firmly resolved after careful deliberation will not be afraid at any time.
A prudent mind firmly
resolved is undisturbed by violent and conflicting thoughts. Sometimes we all
have senseless thoughts and feelings which shake us but faith is a firm anchor
for our thoughts. We indeed do have the power within ourselves to choose not to
react to impulsive thoughts. Sacredness ·Holiness consists in friendship with God. If we
would be in any sense the friends of God, we must have at least that desire for holiness without which such friendship
would be impossible; growth in the knowledge of God is the deepening of this
friendship. ·To know God is to know self and if we know ourselves
well, we know have one or two prominent sins that have dogged our life’s path
for years, and against these we struggle bravely and are conscious that God is
2, verse 11Serve
the LORD with fear; exult with trembling, accept correction lest
he become angry and you perish along the way when his anger suddenly blazes up.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him! To
fully understand this verse, we must know who the writer is referring to. In
verse 10 the writer states “Now
therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth. Serve the Lord
with fear.Our God is a just God and
to “those who have been given much; much is required”; to quote the spider man
movie. Kings (and the 1 percent’ers) to be wise must humble themselves. It is
easier for a camel to go through the eye of the needle then for a rich man to
get into heaven. The
"Eye of the Needle" has been claimed to be a gate in Jerusalem, which
opened after the main gate was closed at night. A camel could only pass through
this smaller gate if it was stooped and had its baggage removed. I also with
this verse picture Mary Magda…
ST. ISIDORE THE FARMER 2 Samuel, Chapter 10, Verse 19When
Hadadezer’s vassal kings saw themselves vanquished by Israel, they made peace
with the Israelites and became their subjects. After this, the Arameans were afraid to give further aid to the
Ammonites. God was with David and he now defeats the Syrians and
the Ammonites. The life of David was that of a warrior and this was David’s
last victory before his fall with Bathsheba and the murder of Uriah from
David’s hand. All life is a battle and sometimes we fail but like David let us
always return to the Lord. Do not be afraid of anything that
you are going to suffer. Indeed, the devil will throw some of you into prison,
that you may be tested, and you will face an ordeal for ten days. Remain
faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. (Rv. 2:10) Let us build up our gratitude to the Lord for his
saving graces. “Lord Jesus Christ, you are the strength or the weak
and the confidence of those who trust in you. Be my secure c…
SACRED HEART OF JESUS-GLOBAL ROSARY Romans,
Chapter 5,Verse 3-53 Not only that, but we even boast
of our afflictions, knowing that affliction produces endurance, 4
and endurance, proven
character, and proven character, hope,5 and hope does not disappoint,
because the love of God has been
poured out into our hearts through the holy Spirit that has been given to us. Paul is telling us that Christ has
brought God’s love for us to the forefront while justification and
righteousness recede to the background. We have a new life at peace with God.
This peace leads us to confidence and compels us to live a new life. Christ
died for us while we were at our worst. As difficult to believe or accept as
that might be, we have the proof of it in our hearts where God’s love has
placed the Holy Spirit to guide us in the new life. Faith triumphs in trouble. Feast of the Most
Sacred Heart of Jesus ALTHOUGH many pious souls
had been accustomed, in the silence of their secluded lives, to venerate the
Samuel, Chapter 3, Verse 11Ishbaal
was no longer able to say a word to Abner, he feared him so. This is a twisted tale of the leaders of Israel that
are being divided in loyalties to either David or the son of Saul “Ishbaal”.
Money, Power, Sex and Violence are involved. Hmmm sounds like this could be
America splitting between Hillary and the Donald. Do not trust in these things
but in He that is. Aspire to live a tranquil life, to
mind your own affairs, and to work with your [own] hands, as we instructed you,that you may conduct yourselves
properly toward outsiders and not depend on anyone. 1
Thessaonians 4:11-12 Ishbaalwas one of the four sons of King
Saul, born c. 1047 BC. He was chosen as the second king over the Kingdom of Israel, which then
consisted of all the twelve tribes of the Israelites, after the death of his
father and three brothers at the Battle of Mount Gilboa. He was proclaimed king
over Israel by Abner,
the captain of Saul's army after his fat…